Texas Authorities Search for Parcel Bomber

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Police in Austin, Texas are warning the public Tuesday morning to watch out for an apparent bomber on the loose. The first of Monday's attacks killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman, both of them black. Two more bombings took place on Monday, around 12-miles from the March 1 blast.

The fact all these incidents, where the packages were left at the doorstep, happened in early morning hours further strengthens the link between the occurrences. The woman who was injured may have been walking the package over to that address when it detonated, these people said.

A second explosion, about 4 miles away in southeastern Austin, injured a 75-year-old woman in the working-class Hispanic community of Montopolis.

Manley says investigators believe that attack and one earlier Monday that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman in her 40s are linked to a March 2 package bombing that killed a 39-year-old man in another neighbourhood.

"We do not have a specific victimology or ideology that we have identified, so assigning a motive to this at this point is not possible based on the stage we're at in the investigation", Manley said.

Police have not said the bombings pose a threat to the festival.

"It was a family home that had God in it", she said. "This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past 10 days", Manley said while briefing reporters near the site of Monday's second explosion. "There's a certain level of skill required to move a device like this". Two occurred Monday and one on March 2.

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He also said that investigators were not ruling out the possibility of the explosions being a hate crime because the victims in those cases are African-American.

Police say there have been no major developments in their investigation of three package bombs sent to homes in Austin, Texas.

The FBI and police are urging residents to be cautious about approaching packages left at their doorsteps unexpectedly. The first Monday blast was reported at 6:44 a.m.in the 4000 block of Oldfort Drive and the second Monday blast was around noon in the 6700 block of Galindo Street. When they arrived at the home, they found that the explosion happened in the kitchen of the home and the boy had died from his injuries.

That woman's injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The police chief refused to provide many details about how the explosives were packaged, citing the ongoing investigation.

"High explosives are supposed to be stored properly and securely, so it would be a little more hard to obtain high explosives - unless you're in a job that gives you access to them", Key said. "Call 911 immediately if you receive something suspicious", he said on Twitter.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who planted the bombs. "The ATF explosive specialists and their laboratory are quite adept at recovering evidence that frequently can lead to determining the components of the device".

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